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  1. I have a big problem with the stradegy of Federated... I was in Atlanta when they took over Rich's...Rich's was a historic name in the city, just as Foley's is here. Macy's ain't the grand chain it once was during its heyday. In fact I find a lot of their stores to be rather tired. I have a big problem with corporate America's obsession with increasing their bottom line by every penny possible...it's as if greed knows no bounds. The main reasoning I have heard from Federated regarding these name changes is simply to save $$$ on advertising and printing the damn store bags! Who in the hell wants a Macy's on every corner? By the end of September they will be 850 Macy's in the USA...is MAcy's trying to become the new 7 Eleven? Furthermore I am outraged in particular with the Federated rape of Marshall Field's grand historic location in downtown Chicago...totally crass and unjust.
  2. Tinsley's in Bryan was located at the corner of Texas Avenue and Martin Luther King Street. The building is now a Mexican cafe. This location is across the street from the former Gath's Electrical Supply, which was formerly Gath's Fried Chicken, which before that was the original Bryan Popeye's Chicken. Tinsley's in Bryan closed in the summer of 1996.
  3. New controversies have erupted over the future Rudder High... First a battle is quickly shaping up over how attendance zones will be set up for the high school... Bryan ISD looks at attendance zone issues By HOLLY HUFFMAN Eagle Staff Writer Bryan school trustees clashed Thursday while debating the need for high school attendance boundaries to determine who will attend Rudder High School when it opens in fall 2008. Most trustees and administrators seemed to prefer creation of an attendance zone that would coincide with a liberal transfer policy that would allow students to change schools if they wanted to enroll in a program not offered at their home campus. Link to full story.....http://www.theeagle.com/stories/051906/schools_20060519028.php On another front, BISD has announced that the school is three million dollars over budget, and the community is now up in arms over how to cut the deficit with factions warring over whether to cut the auditorium and charges that once again the district is favoring athletics above everything else... Auditorium plans shelved for Rudder High By HOLLY HUFFMAN Eagle Staff Writer With cost estimates for Rudder High School hovering at about $3 million over budget, Bryan school trustees agreed Monday to pull the auditorium from the main plans for the new campus. Architects still will plan for an auditorium at the yet-to-be-built school, but it now will be considered an "alternate" option, Bryan school officials said. That means trustees can wait until campus cost estimates are finalized in September before deciding whether to proceed with construction of the facility. link to full story.... http://www.theeagle.com/stories/060606/sch...20060606011.php
  4. Bush Administration Quietly Plans NAFTA Super Highway by Jerome R. Corsi Posted Jun 12, 2006 Quietly but systematically, the Bush Administration is advancing the plan to build a huge NAFTA Super Highway, four football-fields-wide, through the heart of the U.S. along Interstate 35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Tex., to the Canadian border north of Duluth, Minn.... Link to full article.... http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=15497
  5. Bryan trustees approve school design plan By HOLLY HUFFMAN Eagle Staff Writer Bryan school trustees on Monday approved general design plans for an over-budget Rudder High School despite worries that they could be $2 million short after completing all projects outlined in last year's bond package. The new high school, scheduled to open in fall 2008, was the largest and most costly project called for under the $104 million bond package that voters approved in February 2005. The original price tag for the school was set at $42.6 million.... Link to full story.... http://www.theeagle.com/stories/032106/sch...20060321003.php Once again the highly ineffective BISD school board and administration is getting the district into a mess with the new high school. All of this could have been avoided a decade ago if the district had instead of turning Bryan High into a monster compound had gone ahead and did the logical thing and built a second high school. As I posted before, I was a member of the committee of students and citizens back in 1995 charged with looking into the issues of overcrowding at BHS and making recommendations as to what the disctrict should do. I can personally report that the one and only reason the school board did not go ahead with greenlighting a new school in 1996 was sorely for the fact that at the time the construction of a new shcool built to be comparable with BHS would have knocked the older school out of its District5A status in state athletic competitions. That's right...the education and long-range planning of the future of the largest employer in the city was based on keeping the high school football team in the big leagues. Subsequently BHS was expanded to the size of a junior college with the initial haribrained scheme cooked up by the administration of treating the old building and the new building as two sepearte campuses, Blue and Silver. Of course as is the case with all the silly plots the BISD officals come up with, this plan fairly quickly failed and within two years of the massive expansion BHS was once again facing overcrowding, something that the board knew would happen when it pushed through the plan.
  6. Excuse me...this has taken me by surprise....since when did people of Hispanic descent become Caucasian? Last time I checked on the Census questionaire, the options to check were CAUCASIAN, NOT OF HISPANIC DESCENT and then just plain CAUCASIAN. So where did that statement come from? Does that mean that most African-Americans in Houston are Italian or Irish?
  7. No, you are thinking of a guy from the development depeartment whose first name is Joey, but his last name escapes me. Kevin Russell's position was eliminated by the city council with the explanation that the Brazos Valley Development Council should be the ones to pay his salary instead of the city, a clearly fool-hardy stance.
  8. Originally the plan was for Blinn to completely takeover the Townshire Shopping Center (the school used to be housed in the former Sears space in the center), and then there was discussion of giving the school the Manor East Mall property, but ultimately the space where it is now was chosen because of the abundance of space available for it to be able to expand. At that time there was not a big push to expand in west Bryan and the land in that area was held by a lot of individuals who weren't selling. I think the location is perfect since it offers easy access to the freeway, and that entire area from East 29th down Villa Maria to WJB Pwy is coming along rather nicely. You can forget about seeing BISD abandon the BHS campus anytime in our lifetimes. They have tied up way too much in that campus, and the district is proud of building such a monster campus. The expense alone in relocated the school rules that plan a dud. I do think the new high school should have been put on the westside, as the majority of residents thought it would. I take great offense with every other area in Bryan being characterized as ghetto. Having traveled around the world to various cities, trust me when I say that nothing in Bryan comes to close to being a ghetto. True the older areas of town are not sparkling new developments, but you see very few dilapadated run down hideous buildings, no bums parading around, and no crime-infested streets with vermin and trash blowing in the streets. There tends to be a tendency to immediately brand areas that don't feature huge homes and perfectly manicured homes as ghetto. Just because an area's residents may just be on the lower end of the social ladder does not mean the area is ghetto. Perhaps the areas just need more care and attention from the city instead of developers with wet appetites wanting to throw those residents out and turn the space into shops, supermarkets, or generic housing for college students and/or more affluent residents. In fact, if I had to characterize any area in the Valley as coming close to ghetto, it would be the area to the immediate south of TAMU in College Station (Southgate). In fact, tonight I was just driving past the area that used to be Bryan's equvialant to Southgate on Beck Street (the public housing project there, which my grandfather and many others referred to as 'Little Vietnam' back in the 80's) was completely demolished years ago. The area has now been reclaimed for very nice middle class homes and the multimillion dollar Henderson Park redevelopment. I remarked to my mother, who was in the car with me, of what a great job Bryan has done with taking what was for so many years a completely unsafe and unsavory area and turning it around like it has. The areas of town that need the most attention are the ones that have been long-neglected by the city, such as North Bryan, South College, and northern downtown. I believe the best way to achieve this is by shaking up the city government. Some of the community organizations I work with have begun to talk seriously in the past few weeks of making noise about redrawing the single-member city council districts to city hall. Too often now the city council has a very narrow focus targeted towards either the east side or the new so-called CBD. Single member district 2 is way too large and diverse in needs to be handled by one representative to the council, and splitting it up would most definitely result in having two voices on the council to push for more attention to the northside.
  9. I would hardly call the stretch of South College between TAMU and downtown Bryan 'ghetto' (and even then the word 'ghetto' is pushing it) until you get to the area north of Cavitt, which has been be overtaken by illegal immigrants, dilapadated apartments complexes, and prostitutes. I am angered by this Muni decision also. I have stated this before, but I'm going to say it again: the development of Bryan has been on the wrong track since the early 2005 dismissal of city development planner Kevin Russell. Muni NEEDS TO GO. There are already an abundance of golfing options in this area, and the fact is that the majority of residents don't give a fig about golf. The city has already declared that Villa Maria/Briarcrest is the designated CBD, so to have such a valuable piece of property sitting there for a few people to enjoy as the rest of the city begs out for new development that can fatten the tax rolls is yet another sign of the complete lapse of leadership in city hall. I was planning to get to that last council meeting, but I for sure will be at the next one. If anyone wants to provide a united front of these and other development issues that we are discussing on the site, contact me at the email addy below. In addition I work with a community organization called BV: CIA (Brazos Valley Citizens in Action) that is planning a number of debates and town hall meetings with the candidates for political office following the March primaries. If anyone would like more information on BV: CIA and its acitivities, feel free to hit me up. SedrickGilbert@verizon.net
  10. Yes Deborah Duncan's (or Debra as she was known then) show on ABC 13 was major, as Disney (ABC 13's owner) was testing the show in this market with plans to syndicate it nationally through its Buena Vista arm if it took off locally. However, while the ratings were okay here, Disney ultimately decided to go with other options (Tony Danza). Interesting sidenote: ABC 13 titled the show DEBRA Duncan instead of Deborah simply because it was easier to incorporate Debra into the logo designed for the show. I met Ms. Duncan backstage at the show during its first week and she is a perky and engaging presence...I don't think the full extent of her likability and talent was allowed to shine on the talk show, which I think was weighed down considerably by silly topics and lack of focus from the station.
  11. To the previous post about the need of whites to come back to the city to save it, why is it that they have to be the savior? Atlanta is a prime example of a city with black leadership and a majority black population that is doing just fine without the savior of whites who feel the need to flee to the suburbs. A before the argument is made that crime was responsible for white flight, let's remember that when the flight began in the early to mid 60's before the riots, that flight was more the result of whites fleeing integration and the inevitable loss of power in city government due to the overwhelming black majority soon to take that power after being shut out for so long. Let's also remember that although people love to play up Detroit's crime rate, Dallas is now the murder capital of the country.
  12. I will get down there in the next few days to take some pictures to post. Stay tuned.
  13. Construction has begun on the eagerly anticipated new justice center for the city of Bryan. Bulldozers have moved in and begun clearing the various tracts for the center, which will occupy several blocks between Texas Avenue and Main Main Streets at the southern edge of downtown, with the entrance being across 29th Street from the municipal building/city hall. The justice center will include a new police department and jail facility and municipal court space, bringing the three together again for the first time in nearly fifteen years or so. Currently the police department is located caticorner to the new location in the old First City Bank building at Texas and 29th Street. That building also once held the municipal court and jail, both they were both moved out in the 1990's thanks to lack of room, inmates of the city now housed at the county minimum security jail on Sandy Point Road in north Bryan and the court occupying space in a strip center south of St. Joseph Hospital on East 29th. No plans have been announced for the old police department once the justice center is complete, but my guess is that the building might be torn down and the land redeveloped along with the tract across 29th Street that formerly was the home of the area's Greyhound bus station. 2007 is the target date for full completion of the justice center, although look for the police to begin moving into their new spaces as they are completed. In addition, on the other side of city hall to the north, Brazos County recently purchsed the massive First Baptist Church complex for $2 million dollars as the church prepares to move into a new even more massive campus in south Bryan behind Lowe's and Wal-Mart Supercenter. Following the church's move in 2006, the county will turn the complex, which stretches for several blocks, into an annex of the county courthouse a few blocks away. The main church building, itself an architectural treasure, into new courtrooms and county offices. Later, the county will expand into the many spaces and building in the complex as space is needed. Personally I would like to see the old church building used to house ALL the county courtrooms and have the current courthouse building (which I find to be one of the ugliest and most haphazardly looking building in town) become home to only county offices and the district attorney). Also on the plus side, the county plans to develop a nice park in front of the church building to bridge the main courthouse to the new facilities, and serve as a gateway to city hall across the street. Finally, the county will soon break ground on the new parking garage to be located across from the current courthouse. Also the community supervision (probation) department, which also is across the street from the site of the new garage, is going to move into new quarters at the court annex complex due to the lack of space in its current building, which is the former county health department. All in all, the face of downtown to the west and south will be dramatically altered in the next year or so, and when finished these new facilites will transform that part of town into a city and county governmental hub.
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